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Daredevils Trade Mayank With RPS For IPL 2017

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils on Thursday released promising batsman Mayank Agarwal to Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for the upcoming edition of the cricket league, starting from April 5.

The attacking right-hander turned out to be the first trade of the season in the second trading window of IPL 2017, which was open from January 13 to 20, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) release.

“Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) has acquired the services of Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Mayank Agarwal for Indian Premier League 2017,” the release stated.

“The second trading window for the IPL 2017, which was open from January 13 to 20, 2017, saw the first trade of the season,” it added.

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ECB To Allow Players To Have Long IPL Stint

Since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the cash-rich T20 tournament has witnessed super-giants of the game showing their bravura acts in the league and earning accolades for the same. But till now, the participation of England players has been pretty less.

Most of the England cricketers have kept themselves away from the league except the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan.

But for the first time in the history of the IPL, we might see many England players participating in the tournament as the England Cricket Board (ECB) is pondering to allow its players to have a long stint with the IPL franchises.

It is the interest shown by the BCCI to garner services of best of the England players during the tournament which might result in ECB releasing their players for the tournament.

Ben Stokes has already shown his interest in participating in the T20 league, “I have put myself up for the auction. It is a good opportunity to experience a different competition. I won’t say we weren’t lucky in terms of the English summer; it’s quite hard to get away and experience what it is like to play in these T20 leagues. This year’s IPL is a chance not just to myself but to a few other English guys,” he said.

It has been learnt that the players participating in the tournament will have to return to the country by May 1 to participate in the ODIs against Ireland. Also, there is little bit hope that the players getting selected in IPL teams might be allowed to skip Ireland series but the final decision is in the hands of the England board, which is yet to come up with a final announcement.

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Revealed: The Player Retention List Of IPL 2017

As the window for the IPL franchises to retain players for the VIVO IPL 2017 season closed on December 15th, 2016 the IPL teams retained their big guns in an effort to lift the trophy in 2017. A total number of 140 cricketers including 44 overseas players have been retained by the VIVO IPL franchises for the 2017 season. Royal Challengers Bangalore was the team that retained the highest number which is 28. So here is the list of players retained by the respective franchises of the VIVO IPL:

Revealed: The Player Retention List Of IPL 2017 1

The Rising Pune Supergiants have retained the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf Du Plessis, Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Marsh and Usman Khwaja.

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Dale Steyn released by Gujarat Lions
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Revealed: List Of Players Released By IPL Teams

For the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League The Delhi Daredevils has released six players from their team which includes Pawan Negi. Spinner Imran Tahir has also been released.

The other four players released are Australian pacer Nathan Coulter Nile, Mumbai opener Akhil Herwadkar, former U-19 all rounder Mahipal Lomror and Delhi Ranji Team pacer Pawan Suyal.

Here is the full list of players (team wise) being released for IPL 2017:

Cheteshwar Pujara gets out on Jake Ball's delivery on day three of fourth Test at Mumbai.
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IPL 2017: Wasim Akram, KKR Bowling Coach, To Miss Upcoming Season

Kolkata Knight Riders will miss the services of their bowling coach and mentor Wasim Akram for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise announced through a press release.

As per reports, the legendary bowler has cited professional commitments and time constraints for his inability to be part of the IPL outfit in the upcoming season. This will be the second time that Akram will be missing an IPL season ever since joining the Kolkata-based franchise in 2010. He had missed the 2013 edition to spend time with his family.

Wishing the team luck, he said:“I have loved the camaraderie in KKR team and have enjoyed every opportunity to mentor the highly talented team over the years. I am surely going to miss being part of the dressing room but I wish the team continued success.”

Venky Mysore, CEO and MD of the franchise, has said the team will miss the former Pakistan skipper who has been instrumental in the team’s victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2014.

He said:“We will miss Wasim bhai who has been part of the KKR family over the last few years and has played a significant role in our title triumphs in 2012 and 2014. We wish him the very best in all his endeavours.”

Meanwhile, Hindustan Times has reported Akram’s decision has not been influenced by KKR captain Gautam Gambhir’s comments on cutting bilateral ties with Pakistan after the Uri attacks.

Gambhir had earlier said:” “I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports.”

As quoted in the news outlet, when Venky Mysore was asked whether Gambhir’s statement had played any role in Akram’s decision,he said: “Absolutely not.”

 

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IPL 2017 Is In ReaL Trouble: BCCI

The tussle between Lodha panel and BCCI has already gone from bad to worse and now after few warnings and scares, its impact is finally on the field as BCCI has said that IPL 2017 is in real danger. This is not just a warning, as usual, the arrangments for an IPL season begins at least 6-7 months ahead of the league but nothing has been done till now, thus putting IPL 2017 in real jeopardy, “The International Management Group (IMG) begins work on IPL every year at the beginning of October. They’re not on board yet. The opening ceremony is usually planned five to six months in advance.There’s no word on it. It’s absolute chaos,” a senior BCCI functionary told TOI on Monday.

All the tussle between Lodha Panel and BCCI began when the supreme court asked the Lodha Committee to take over BCCI accounts and made them accountable to provide a certain amount of funds to organise the games. Baffled by the decision of the apex court, BCCI created a sensation by announcing that the third Test between India and New Zealand, which was played in Indore might be cancelled, they further scared by creating a news of ODI series being cancelled and finally ended by creating another sensation by announcing that they do not have enough funds to host England.

This is not all as there is, as there is one more barrier which blocks BCCI’s way to organise IPL as there is a clear mention in Lodha recommendations that there should be a space of 15 days before international players take part in two different series or leagues. With Test series against Australia ending on March 29, players will have just one week of rest before IPL which starts on April 5 and will have a week rest before they leave the country to play Champions Trophy 2017 to be played in England.

Surely, the BCCI will find one or the other way to organise IPL but this 15-day period clause will be something that remains inexplicable. We can expect a clear decision or clear ruling over this on December 9 when Supreme Court hears both the parties.

The IPL auction for the upcoming season will be held on February 4 in Bangalore.

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IPL 2017 Schedule Fiinalised, Auction To Be Held In Bengaluru

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council announced on Tuesday that the schedule for the 2017 season of the lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament has been finalised and the players’ auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 4.

Next year’s IPL, which will be the final edition under the current 10-year contract, is scheduled to begin on April 5.

The IPL governing council meeting which was held at a city hotel on Tuesday, was attended by chairman Rajeev Shukla, Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur, BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) President Amitabh Choudhary and Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) President M.P. Pandove.

However, the current IPL 2017 schedule may run into rough weather with the directives of the Supreme Court appointed Justice R.N. Lodha Committee as the India-Australia Test series will conclude on March 29.

According to the Lodha panel, there must be a gap of two weeks between the IPL and an international series.

However, talking to reporters after the meeting, Shukla insisted that the IPL governing council has not violated the apex court’s directives.

“IPL 10 will start on April 5 next year. The auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 4. We had to keep a gap of one week after the Australia series,” Shukla said.

Shukla also said that Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, which were deprived of holding IPL matches this year following a controversy over water usage for maintaining outfields and pitches as Maharashtra suffered severe drought, will host IPL matches in 2017.

Shukla said that water harvesting technology will be employed at stadiums in Maharashtra to ensure minimum wastage during IPL matches.

“We intend to generate our own water to maintain pitches and outfields during the IPL,” he said.

“The workshop for IPL franchises will be organised in Dubai,” Shukla added.

Shukla also said that the IPL governing council discussed several operational details related to the conduct of next year’s IPL, and added that defending champions Hyderabad Sunrisers will host the opening ceremony and the final.

IPL: List of Players With Fastest 50 In History

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders has registered the joint fastest fifty in the history of IPL in just 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru during match number 46 of VIVO IPL 10. He equalled his teammate Yusuf Pathan’s record. Also, he with such figures broke Chris Lynn’s record of 19 balls 50 for this season.

Here is the list of batsmen to score fastest 50’s in Indian Premier League –

Player Balls Opposition Season
Sunil Narine (KKR) 15 RCB 2017
Yusuf Pathan (KKR) 15  SRH  2014
M S Dhoni (CSK) 16 SRH 2013
Adam Gilchrist (DC) 17  DD  2009
Chris Gayle (RCB) 17  PWI  2013
Robin Uthappa (RCB) 19  KXIP  2010
Owais Shah (RR) 19 RCB 2012

Stats updated till May 7, 2017

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